January 19, 2019

Break the Fast at PUCC with our Muslim Friends during Ramadan!

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What’s an Iftaar and why is Parkway UCC hosting one?
“Iftaar” is a breaking of the fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.** As part of Parkway’s Intertwine Program, created by Interfaith Quest, we are hosting an Iftaar in partnership with the Turkish American Society of Missouri (TASOM) to connect with our interfaith friends. During the Iftaar at Parkway UCC on
Tuesday, June 5 from 7:30pm- 9:30pm, we will engage with our neighbors of other faiths, experience an important meal in the spiritual life of our Muslim neighbors and explore our common core values as they relate to hospitality. All ages welcome! Feel free to invite your friends of other faiths (or no faith) to join us.

Please register so that we can be good stewards of our food and resources https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfseFNtQV44ch95weRsAwy3QV9gU-RZJhbmNAMRhS6i56srXg/viewform
Family Iftaar Dinners
Get to know our Muslim friends family to family by experiencing an Iftaar in a Muslim home during Ramadan. Space is filling quickly, so sign up now. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeLlicIrSQrdBn5OSsIftD3HScYRw-YOELFjA5phQIv85Pt9g/viewform
We look forward to seeing you and look forward to your participation in such an important event. 
Questions? Contact Pastor Kevin kevin@parkwayucc.org or 314-872-9330; 
or Beth Damsgaard-Rodriguez beth@interfaithquest.org or 314-662-2928.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar,and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting(Sawm) to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam.

The month lasts 29-30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon, according to numerous biographical accounts compiled in the hadiths.

The word Ramadan comes from the Arabic root ramiḍa or ar-ramaḍ, which means scorching heat or dryness.

Fasting is fard (obligatory) for adult Muslims, except those who are suffering from an illness, travelling, are elderly, pregnant, breastfeedingdiabeticchronically ill or menstruating.

Fasting the month of Ramadan was made obligatory (wājib) during the month of Sha’ban, in the second year after the Muslims migrated from Mecca to Medina. 

While fasting from dawn until sunset, Muslims refrain from consuming food, drinking liquids, smoking, and engaging in sexual relations. Muslims are also instructed to refrain from sinful behavior that may negate the reward of fasting, such as false speech (insulting, backbiting, cursing, lying, etc.) and fighting except in self-defense.
Pre-fast meals before dawn are referred to as Suhoor, while the post-fast breaking feasts after sunset are called Iftar.

Spiritual rewards (thawab) for fasting are also believed to be multiplied within the month of Ramadan.

Fasting for Muslims during Ramadan typically includes the increased offering of 
salat (prayers), recitation of the Quran and an increase of doing good deeds and charity.    

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